Managing Sensitivity After Teeth Whitening

When you want a sparkly white smile, professional whitening treatments don’t disappoint.

Professional treatments are fast, effective, and safe. At Chelsea Dental Aesthetics, Dr. David Blaustein and our team offer Zoom teeth whitening to those in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City. 

Because tooth sensitivity is a common — but temporary! — side effect of whitening treatments, we created this guide to help you manage sensitivity so you can get the smile of your dreams as comfortably as possible.

Tips for managing sensitivity

You don’t have to let sensitivity stand in your way of a dazzling smile. With these four tips, you can keep discomfort at bay.

1. Don’t overuse whitening products

Whitening agents can cause sensitivity, so it’s important to follow all instructions when you use whitening treatments — whether they’re professional grade or over-the-counter. Overdoing it can increase your sensitivity.

If you opt for in-office treatment, we control the amount of whitening agent applied to your teeth, but if you’re using at-home trays, only use the specified amount. It’s tempting to think that more whitening agent means better results, but you could damage your gums or teeth. 

If you have questions about your at-home treatment, don’t hesitate to ask. We’re happy to answer your questions.

2. Limit hot or cold drinks and foods

Sensitivity related to teeth whitening is short-lived, but during this time, consider limiting cold drinks. Cold drinks and foods can intensify any sensitivity. Skip the ice and drink room temperature water, avoid ice cream and cold yogurt, and hold off on iced coffees. 

Consuming hot items can also increase discomfort. If your teeth or gums are sensitive, aim for room temperature food and drinks until your symptoms subside.

3. Use a toothpaste formulated for tooth sensitivity 

When brushing your teeth, use warm water (since cold can worsen sensitivity) and try a toothpaste designed to combat sensitivity. Using a soft-bristled toothbrush can further protect your gums and teeth. 

Philips Healthcare suggests brushing with a sensitive-formula toothpaste containing 5% potassium nitrate for at least one week before your treatment. For optimal health, brush twice a day using firm but gentle pressure.

4. Consider desensitizing products

You can reduce any discomfort by applying desensitizing gel, such as Relief® amorphous calcium phosphate (ACP), on your teeth after your whitening treatment. Studies show that this combination of minerals helps to soothe your teeth.

Are your teeth still sensitive?

Sensitivity related to teeth whitening often subsides 1-3 days after your treatment ends, but if your teeth still bother you, give us a call. You may be dealing with another cause of sensitivity, such as a cavity.

Whether you’re interested in our in-office treatments or professional take-home treatments, we can get you started. If you’d like to learn more about Zoom whitening treatments, call our Manhattan office at 917-633-7312 or book your appointment online.

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